Jena Doak, [email protected]
October 20, 2021 — Most children have happy memories of their birthday parties with friends. But a three-year-old girl, GG Gasperetti, who lives with her parents in Green River, will not have that memory of her third birthday. Hers was a drive-by.
One of the drivers in the parade was 18-year old Ashlyn Wolfe. Her father and little GG’s father, Charles Gasperetti, work together. When Wolfe saw GG Gasperetti, she decided to start a fundraiser for the family.
“I’m doing this to help the family and to make people aware that there are kids out there who cannot enjoy what most kids can, and it’s heartbreaking,” Wolfe said. She shared what she knows about GG’s journey with Wyo4News.com.
Little GG was born with Renal Agenesis. Her only kidney to develop in utero was cystic, with only 6 percent functionality. She was diagnosed with End-Stage Renal Disease. Young GG endured surgeries, hospital stays for a month or two at a time, and a lot of side effects before her first birthday. Adding to the little girl’s complications, she was also born without a bladder.
A miracle happened for the family on August 10. After experiencing seven negative kidney cross plants, a perfect match was found. She has been recovering and is stronger than ever.
Because little GG has been in and out of hospitals for most of her life, her parents, Charles and Erika, are hurting financially from loss of work, medical bills, and trips to and from Salt Lake City for medical care.
Proceeds from the raffle will go to the family. The cost is $20 per raffle ticket and can be paid through Venmo, CashApp, Facebook pay to Ruthann McIrvin Wolfe, and cash or checks can be arranged for pickup through the same Facebook page. To learn more about the raffle, contact Ashlyn Wolfe via her Facebook page.
Drawings will take place on November 15.
The Gasperetti family still faces a long road of therapy, doctors, and clinics. However, they are excited about GG’s future. And what would make their future even more promising would be help from the community today.